BRAWLEY - Cattle Call Week kicked off on Saturday with its Annual Chili Cook-Off.
This is the 27th year that Cattle Call week kicks off with the always competitive cook off. Chefs from all over the county were invited to participate in the event. All of them came out to show off their delicious chili.
And when I say delicious, I mean delicious. I got a first-hand taste of the cuisine. A bit spicy for me but delicious nonetheless.
But don't take my word for it; just ask Brawley Mayor, George Nava.
"We're here enjoying the morning and the afternoon with a lot of contestants and a lot of Brawley residents", he says. "It's a great event. I had some chili earlier, it's fantastic.I was getting choked up on some of it. It was hot, spicy and delicious".
The cook-off sets the stage for next week's Cattle Call Rodeo that will feature a Cattle Call Parade and 3 rodeos.
Although, the Chili Cook-Off is in fact very competitive, it's all about having a good time.
"This has been a blast", says Joel Gonzalez from Los Chiles Calientes. "We're a big family, we're all doing it just to have fun. Just coming out here to show the community that we support the community and just having fun".
The contest included14 different chili recipes. Those that attended got to vote for which chili tasted better.
Every year, the event brings hundreds of residents from all over Imperial Valley, not just Brawley.
"It's a great community event", says J.J. Galvan from Chili of Brawley. "It's something we do every year and we enjoy doing it. For people that have never been here, we encourage to come out and give it a try".
For Luis Dominguez, events like these are an opportunity for everyone to come together as a community.
"These are fun because you get to taste all these chili beans", he says. "You get to meet a lot of people, having fun enjoying yourself and meet your friends".
Fun for the whole family, from the oldest to the youngest.
"This is my first time", says Cassidy. "I want to come back here because it's so fun".
The winner, National Beef, not only took home bragging rights but also a check for a thousand bucks. That is a good day at the office if you ask me.
Sunday is the seconds day of The Cattle Call Week Kickoff. The event will feature mass at 9 am and will be followed by more surprises, including a Jalapeño Eating Contest. That one should be interesting.
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